Athletics

Plymouth hurdler King sets season’s best time in Diamond League final

CITY of Plymouth hurdler David King set a season’s best time in the final of the 110m hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League meeting at Birmingham on Saturday.

King clocked 13.53 seconds in the showpiece event, having equalled his previous season’s best of 13.55 in the heats.

He finished third in his heat to automatically progress to a top class final where he came eighth. His Great Britain team-mate and world indoor champion Andy Pozzi was fifth.

The event was won by Spain’s Orlando Ortega, with Jamaica’s Ronald Levy second, France’s Pascal Martinot-Lagarde third and America’s Freddie Crittenden fourth.

King was just delighted to make a Diamond League final in such strong competition.

“Never usually one to shout about coming last place in a race but today was huge for me,” said on social media King afterwards.

“On SB I was ranked 15th out of the 16 athletes competing today. But I finished third in my heat and automatically qualified for the final. I equalled my best time this season in the heat and then went on to beat it in the final.

“So thrilled and so motivated to keep racing this season.”

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